Man Accused of Faking Emergency Calls
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A 22-year-old Iowa man has been accused of faking emergency calls and jamming or otherwise disrupting the Des Moines police department's radio frequency.
Kevin Grimes, of Webster Township, has been charged with 28 counts of obstructing emergency communications and eight counts of impersonating public officials.
KCCI-TV reported that police say Grimes made calls this month that forced the dispatch of officers, vehicles and equipment to the scenes of nonexistent incidents.
Police said Grimes would also leave his radio set on the police frequency without talking on it, tying up the channel. It's legal to monitor emergency communications, but accessing the system and making false transmissions is against the law.
Grimes was arrested Tuesday afternoon at his home after police tracked his location from transmissions.
Investigators said Grimes has refused to reveal his motive.
"He used an officer's name," said Des Moines police Sgt. Jason Halifax. "An actual officer we had working, used their name."
Authorities said federal charges could soon be filed in the case against Grimes.
Des Moines police are working with federal prosecutors to see if Grimes violated Federal Communications Commission laws when he allegedly tapped into the system.
Online records say Grimes remained in Polk County Jail on Thursday.
Online court records don't list the name of his attorney.